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A list of the best epic films of all time, which encompasses some of the best movies of all time. These are movies with incredible stories and characters, and whose mere existence have enriched the world of cinema in some way. Take James Cameron's Avatar whose imagined planet and humanity are now the stuff of Oscar legend and whose cast was catapulted to fame. Or Batman Begins which simultaneously reinvented the superhero movie and the Batman franchise. These are some of the biggest, most important movies ever.

What are the best epic movies of all time? What makes a great epic movie? By definition, epic movies have a larger than life storyline, take place over a span of time, and has a plot that carries out some kind of heroic deed. Every epic movie listed can be sorted by actor, director, and title and every epic film on this list is more epic than the last. What's the best epic movie? That's for you to decide! Enjoy this list of the greatest epic movies and use it as a starting point for your own epic movie list. Whichever you choose as your favorite, these epics are definitely worth adding to your must-watch list.
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3,346 1,416
The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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2
2,697 1,258
The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

3
2,390 891
Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

4
2,653 1,253
The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

5
2,468 1,540
Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

6
2,872 1,472
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

7
1,582 1,038
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

8
2,162 877
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

9
1,512 994
Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

10
1,147 1,051
Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Ben-Hur Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

11
1,207 901
Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

12
1,296 529
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

13
874 836
The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Ten Commandments Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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1,622 996
The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

15
1,362 686
The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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1,104 906
Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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1,370 970
Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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825 727
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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1,198 706
The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

20
857 814
Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Spartacus Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

21
952 823
Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

22
771 467
Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

23
1,123 1,043
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

24
1,269 1,034
300 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Epic Movies
300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

25
944 700
The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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681 193
Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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880 713
Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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716 562
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Epic Movies
PeteBoyle added The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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894 664
Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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967 656
The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

31
1,101 895
Troy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Troy Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne

32
698 667
Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

33
509 285
Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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480 305
Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

35
695 662
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

36
635 514
The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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539 496
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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1,176 1,126
Avatar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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681 897
The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Passion of the Christ Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

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722 236
Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Cast Away Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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686 525
The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Patriot Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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819 703
Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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649 552
The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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495 145
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Lord of the Rings John Hurt, Annette Crosbie, Peter Woodthorpe

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740 440
The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Last of the Mohicans Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

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875 698
The Last Samurai is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Epic Movies
The Last Samurai Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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636 587
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Epic Movies
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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635 465
Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

49
618 655
Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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749 643
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Epic Movies
Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio